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College Football
Cincinnati at East Carolina
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Where: Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, North Carolina

Cincinnati’s season hasn’t gone according to plan, but it already secured bowl eligibility by reaching six wins. East Carolina can do the same with a victory when it hosts Cincinnati on Saturday.

The Bearcats boast a versatile offense led by Gunner Kiel, and despite Kiel’s struggles against South Florida last week, defense is a bigger issue for Cincinnati. Pirates quarterback Blake Kemp broke out with 465 passing yards in last week’s victory over UCF and could be in for another big game thanks to Cincinnati’s lackluster pass rush, which is ranked 121st in the nation with 12 sacks. The Bearcats haven’t looked much better against the run, allowing 355 rushing yards against South Florida. East Carolina has an emotional edge playing at home with its season on the line, but ending the regular season with a victory - no matter how meaningless - could do a lot to rebuild Cincinnati’s wounded ego.

TV: 12 p.m. ET, CBS Sports Network LINE: East Carolina -1

ABOUT CINCINNATI (6-5, 3-4 American Athletic Conference): Kiel was pulled in favor of Hayden Moore last week after throwing two interceptions in his first bad start in five games since returning from injury. Chris Moore is on a four-game touchdown streak (five total) and finished three of those contests with more than 100 receiving yards. Zach Edwards has two interceptions and 22 solo tackles over the last three games.

ABOUT EAST CAROLINA (5-6, 3-4): Defensive lineman Demage Bailey and offensive lineman Quincy McKinney are questionable to play because of undisclosed injuries. Chris Hairston exploded for 123 rushing yards last week on a season-high 8.8 yards per carry. Backup quarterback James Summers is the Pirates’ second-leading rusher with 445 yards and is tied with Hairston with eight rushing touchdowns.


1. East Carolina has made three consecutive bowl appearances under coach Ruffin McNeill.

2. Cincinnati can climb as high as third in the AAC East Division with a win and a Connecticut loss to No. 24 Temple.

3. The Pirates are 12-6 all-time against Cincinnati, but the Bearcats have won the last four meetings.

PREDICTION: East Carolina 38, Cincinnati 28
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Cincinnati 6-5 L1 37.6 31.5 5-1 1-4 0-2 0-1 3-4
East Carolina 5-6 W1 28.5 26.6 3-2 2-4 4-5 0-0 3-4
Last Meeting
Cincinnati East Carolina
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/13/14 ECU 46 CIN 54 586 150 436 579 154 425
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Cincinnati G. Kiel 65.9 436 4 3
East Carolina S. Carden 57.4 425 2 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati R. Moore 19 99 5.2 1
East Carolina B. Allen 12 129 10.8 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati M. McKay 9 172 19.1 2
East Carolina J. Hardy 15 188 12.5 1
Touchdowns Player TD
Cincinnati M. McKay 2
East Carolina J. Hardy 2
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Cincinnati G. Kiel 65.4 2507 18 10
East Carolina B. Kemp 69.8 2338 15 10
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati T. Green 130 671 5.2 8
East Carolina C. Hairston 158 738 4.7 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Cincinnati S. Washington 73 847 11.6 5
East Carolina I. Jones 86 975 11.3 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Cincinnati T. Green 8
East Carolina C. Hairston 9
Quickchart Matchup
Cincinnati Cincinnati Off vs  East Carolina East Carolina Def
Cincinnati 571.5 yards
East Carolina 398.5 yards
Cincinnati 4.8 yards/rush
East Carolina 4.1 yards/rush
Cincinnati 9 yards/attempt
East Carolina 7.4 yards/attempt
East Carolina East Carolina Off vs  Cincinnati Cincinnati Def
East Carolina 418.5 yards
Cincinnati 417.4 yards
East Carolina 4 yards/rush
Cincinnati 5.1 yards/rush
East Carolina 7.2 yards/attempt
Cincinnati 6.8 yards/attempt